Your 5-year-old: Telling lies

Your 5-year-old: Telling lies

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Your 5-year-old now

"I didn't do it," your child shrieks. It doesn't matter that you saw her throw the ball that shattered your grandmother's lamp. But fortunately, lying at this age doesn't necessarily mean your child is destined for delinquency.

Try not to erupt or punish harshly. If you can discover why she lied, you can handle it more appropriately. Most likely, she's worried about getting punished or disappointing you. Kids this age don't fully understand that deceit is adding to the problem. Sometimes 5-year-olds even deny wrongdoing just to get a rise out of you.

Make sure your child is getting enough attention from you when she's acting right. If she's testing your limits, make sure she knows they're non-negotiable. For example, say, "I told you no balls in the house." Then offer a fair consequence.

Don't try to catch your child in a lie. If you saw the incident, don't then ask, "Did you break the lamp?" You just handed her an opportunity to lie. Instead say, "I saw what happened. You know you're not supposed to throw balls in the house. Help me clean up." Stress the importance of telling the truth, and set a good example. Make sure your child knows that you love and trust her to do the right thing.

Your life now

One of the easiest healthy-pantry shifts you can make for your family is to swap sugary sodas and juices for water and low-fat milk. Your child is beginning to notice what other kids eat and drink. So don't let peer pressure influence what she drinks in negative ways. And now that your little consumer has big eyes, this can be a good time to kick the parental soda habit, too.

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